Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake
[Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for The Last True Poets of the Sea hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Initially, I was going to review this book for the tour, but my copy of the book never arrived (insert tears here). However, I do get to share this lovely spotlight post with you -- whoo! Thank you for stopping by, and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom!

Author: Julia Drake
Pub. Date: October 1, 2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 400
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

The Larkin family isn't just lucky—they persevere. At least that's what Violet and her younger brother, Sam, were always told. When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, their great-great-great-grandmother didn't drown like the rest of the passengers. No, Fidelia swam to shore, fell in love, and founded Lyric, Maine, the town Violet and Sam returned to every summer. 

But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can't stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life. 

Shipped back to Lyric while Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family's missing piece-the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century. 

She finds a fellow wreck hunter in Liv Stone, an amateur local historian whose sparkling intelligence and guarded gray eyes make Violet ache in an exhilarating new way. Whether or not they find the Lyric, the journey Violet takes-and the bridges she builds along the way-may be the start of something like survival. 

Epic, funny, and sweepingly romantic, The Last True Poets of the Sea is an astonishing debut about the strength it takes to swim up from a wreck.

About Julia: 

Julia Drake grew up outside Philadelphia. As a teenager, she played some of Shakespeare's best heroines in her high school theater program and their stories would stay with her forever. She received her BA in Spanish from Williams College, and her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, where she also taught writing to first-year students. 

She currently works as a book coach for aspiring writers and teaches creative writing classes for Writopia Lab, a nonprofit that fosters love of writing in young adults. She lives in San Francisco with her partner and their rescue rabbit, Ned.

Giveaway Details: 
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA, US Only. 

Tour Schedule: 

Week One: 
10/1/2019- Twirling Book Princess- Excerpt
10/2/2019- BookHounds YA- Excerpt
10/3/2019- Wonder Struck- Review
10/4/2019- Dazzled by Books- Review

Week Two: 
10/7/2019- The Layaway Dragon- Review
10/8/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads- Review
10/9/2019- Novel Novice- Excerpt
10/10/2019- Southern Girl Bookaholic- Review
10/11/2019- Fyrekatz Blog- Review

Week Three: 
10/14/2019- Jena Brown Writes - Review
10/15/2019- Fire and Ice- Review
10/16/2019- Moonlight Rendezvous- Review
10/17/2019- A Bookish Dream- Review
10/18/2019- Portrait of a Book- Review

Week Four: 
10/21/2019- The Pages In-Between- Review
10/22/2019- Lisa Loves Literature- Excerpt
10/23/2019- Two points of interest- Review
10/24/2019- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
10/25/2019- Nerdophiles- Review

Week Five: 

10/28/2019- Novel Nerd Faction- Review
10/29/2019- Book-Keeping- Review
10/30/2019- Eli to the nth- Review
10/31/2019- That Georgia Gypsy- Review 


  1. Ship wrecks? Well that is different for a YA :) and intersting

    1. I thought it sounded really interesting, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to read and review it! I'm so bummed I never received it! Maybe my library will get a copy? <3

  2. Sorry that your book never made it to you! This does sound like a great read. Thanks for sharing!

    1. The tour host said they were having warehouse and online distribution issues! Only half of the tour participants received a review copy in any format, so a lot of us are doing spotlight posts instead. At least you can still enter the giveaway! ;)

  3. Oh, that's a bummer it didn't arrive! The cover is beautiful! Maybe you'll get a copy someday?

    1. Maybe! If not, I'll likely ask my library to order a copy (if they haven't already). :)

  4. Ahh I'm so sorry to hear you didn't get your copy! I hope you'll be able to get one soonish, I'd love to know what you think of the book. I added it to my TBR a little while ago, it sounded so good! :)

    1. I have learned that most things in this world are outside of my control, and to just roll with it. ;) I do plan on reading this one before the end of the year (fingers crossed)!

  5. This sounds like it would be an interesting story. Sorry to hear you never got your copy.

    1. Now worries! I'm sure I'll read it at some point. <3

  6. I love that this is about wrecks, both actual shipwrecks and metaphorically speaking as well. Sounds like this one also might have a FF romance or attraction. Such a shame your copy didn't arrive Linds, would have loved to have seen what you thought of it!

    1. The synopsis is what initially piqued my interest, since you can't really tell much from the cover (although I love it as well). I've always thought books with a sea setting were interesting, so hopefully I have a chance to read this one soon. :)


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